Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

Brussels Summit: EU to Refocus on Stalled Defense Initiatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2013

EU leaders are gathering in Brussels Thurday in an effort to shore up the bloc's common defense policy, amid growing doubts over whether Europe can bridge divergent national views on the continent's security role. By Christopher Alessi more... Comment ]

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

Pakistani CIA Informant: 'Drone Attacks Are the Right Thing to Do'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 04, 2013

A Pakistani who works as an operative for the CIA spoke to SPIEGEL about his motives for helping the Americans, the civilian casualties of drone attacks and his fear of the Taliban. An Interview By Hasnain Kazim more... Comment ]

Merkel Buzzed by Mini-Drone at Campaign Event

Merkel Buzzed by Mini-Drone at Campaign Event

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 16, 2013

Just when the scandal surrounding the Merkel administration's bungled purchase of a multi-million euro surveillance drone was beginning to fade, the Internet activist Pirate Party has managed to draw attention to it once again. By Friederike Heine more... Comment ]

Snapping Tina's Wedding: Paparazzi Turn to Drones

Snapping Tina's Wedding: Paparazzi Turn to Drones

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 01, 2013

When Tina Turner got married at her estate in Switzerland over the weekend, she wanted to keep paparazzi away. But photographers used drones and other aircraft to get the exclusives they needed. The battle for pictures is increasingly moving into the airspace. By Martin U. Müller and Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

Clipped Wings: Berlin Struggles to Certify Military Plane

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 22, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière, in trouble over the costly cancellation of the Euro Hawk drone, faces a potentially even greater problem. Certification for the A400M military transport plane is behind schedule and plagued by legal pitfalls. By Gerald Traufetter more... Comment ]

Conflicting Statements: Drone Troubles Mount for Minister

Conflicting Statements: Drone Troubles Mount for Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière rejected calls to resign on Monday over losses from the Euro Hawk drone project. But he admitted knowing about the problems sooner than he had indicated last week and now faces a parliamentary investigation. more...

World from Berlin: Drone Debacle 'Extremely Embarrassing'

World from Berlin: Drone Debacle 'Extremely Embarrassing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

The cancellation of the Euro Hawk surveillance drone program means the waste of a half billion euros in German taxpayer money. But somehow Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziére seems to have survived the debacle. German commentators wonder why. more... Comment ]

Campaign Headache: Drone Debacle Could Cost Merkel a Minister

Campaign Headache: Drone Debacle Could Cost Merkel a Minister

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziére is under fire after he cancelled a half-billion euro surveillance drone program that he knew was in trouble years ago. The scandal could create problems for Chancellor Merkel's re-election campaign. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Battling Graffiti: German Rail Turns to Drones in War on Vandals

Battling Graffiti: German Rail Turns to Drones in War on Vandals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 27, 2013

In an effort to combat graffiti on trains, German rail provider Deutsche Bahn is testing a new weapon: a drone outfitted with an infrared camera. It is designed to document evidence of vandalism, which costs the company millions each year. more... Comment ]

From Playboy to Politician: Imran Khan Takes on Pakistan's Old Guard

From Playboy to Politician: Imran Khan Takes on Pakistan's Old Guard

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 02, 2013

Cricket world champion and former playboy Imran Khan found his way to Islam through a mystic. Now he wants to become Pakistan's prime minister and free his country of corruption and the Americans. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]